1 International Affairs

Global Humanitarian Response Plan to fight COVID-19

A $2 billion coordinated global humanitarian response plan to fight COVID-19 has been launched by United Nations The plan will be implemented in 51 countries across South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia

Quick Facts: António Guterres is the current United Nations Secretary-General

2. Science and Technology

Goa becomes the 1st state to launch assessment tool for COVID-19

Goa has launched a self-assessment tool called Test Yourself Goa. This tool will enable people to self-diagnose high possibility of having COVID-19. The tool has been developed in partnership with Innovaccer, a US-based healthcare data analytics company.

3. Defence & Security

Indian army Chief starts ‘Operation Namaste’ to combat COVID-1

Under ”Operation Namaste”, the Army has issued series of directives to all its bases to insulate the force from the coronavirus. The purpose of the operation is also to extend all possible assistance to the government in containing the pandemic.

Quick Facts: General Manoj Mukund Naravane is the 28th Chief of Army Staff

4. Economy

NTPC concludes acquisition of govt’s stake in THDC & NEEPCO

National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) concluded the acquisition of Centre’s entire stake in two hydropower generating firms. The firms are Tehri Hydro Power Complex (THDC) India and North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO)

Quick Facts: Headquarters of NTPC is in New Delhi

5. Person in News

Sunil Chhetri selected for FIFA campaign against COVID-19

The ‘Pass the message to kick out coronavirus’ campaign promotes five key steps for people to follow to protect their health The campaign is being organised by FIFA along with World Health Organisation Sunil Chhetri has been picked by FIFA along with 28 past and present stars for the video campaign

Quick Facts: Sunil Chhetri captains both the Indian Super League side from Bengaluru and the Indian national football team.

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